Posted by JWmHarmon on August 02, 2003 at 13:13:23:
In Reply to: Romans posted by Richard Haut on August 01, 2003 at 16:12:37:
My fellow Americans:
The secret is out. We can no longer hide the fact that we are a nation of immigrants. Some of our ancestors came from Italy and particularly Rome. They were called Romans and Italians. They brought with them a cultural heritage that dictated that our American ancestors designed buildings in the "Classical Style." Of course the Romans had borrowed much of the "Classical Style" from the Greeks. The Doric, Ionian, and Corinthian columns and capitals therefore became prominent not only in Italy, but was also transfered to France and England, to Spain, and to the Americas, both North and South continents.
One can not blame the people of the United States for carrying on the traditions of the French who attempted to settle large expanses of the North American Continent and the traditions of the British who fought the French for dominance in the "New World." One need only to travel throughout the United States of America to find Detroit, Des Moines, New Orleans, and other cities founded by the French. That France was once a part of the "Roman Empire" is taken as historical fact. Likewise one can not deny that large portions of the state of Florida and even larger areas of the American Southwest was settled by people from Spain. Do not be surprised that large areas of the United States show evidence of Spanish trade. Any student of history knows that Spain was once a part of the "Roman Empire," not to mention the Islamic influences of earlier generations.
A large part of the American midwest was settled by people of German ancestry. History shows that the Romans even tried to subdue the Germanic peoples with varying degrees of success. It cannot be denied that the architecture of Germany was influenced by the Holy Roman Empire with its emphasis on cathedrals. According to the traditions of the followers of Martin Luther, the Holy Roman Church had used the "temple" as a "market place."
The United States had a big influx of people of Irish descent. Many of them were Catholic, as in the Roman Catholic Church. Most people world wide would know that John F. Kennedy and his family were Roman Catholics. There was even some discussion at the time he was running for the office of President of the United States whether he would put "America first" or "be subject to the wishes of the Pope in Vatican City."
We could cite many other examples of different cultural and ethnic influences in the Americas. People from many African countries and Middle Eastern countries, from India, and from China and Japan, and many other countries of the world contributed to the development of "America." It is a matter of record that many people of Jewish heritage helped to settle and develop this country. Some of their ancestors even lived in Rome.
Richard is absolutely right. We can no longer hide it. There is a definite link between the ancient Romans and the present day United States. Richard asks, "Is this the link between Romans and Americans ? The secret of worshipping at the Mall."
The answer is a resounding "Yes!" We learned it from your ancestors, Richard, and all the others who taught by example, both good and bad.
We are your cousins and friends of your cousins.
So I ask, "Do you want to criticize your relatives?"
And I say a big "Thank You" to all who came before us and for the lessons you have taught us. Thank you for setting the stage for the significant achievements in the arts, medicine, science, literature, philosophy, politics, agriculture, industry, and especially architecture.
But most of all thanks to the Romans and the Greeks and the French and the Germans and the English and the Italians, and the Chinese, and the Japanese and the Indians (both from America and from India), and the Africans, and the Russians, and the Swedes, and the ... well, I could go on and on but you get the idea. We have seen your examples and have given them our own interpretations.
We appreciate them all.
We appreciate the mall.
(A note to those whose native language is not American English: The two sentences above when spoken by a midwestern American are pronounced nearly the same. The pun is intended.)
I am not sure that that is the same as "worshipping at the Mall." But we can no longer deny or hide the connections to your ancestors and mine.
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